Red Hat has unveiled Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure 4.0, an update to its infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) private cloud platform, which the firm said delivers tighter integration between components such as key OpenStack services, as well including the latest version of Red Hat's Enterprise Virtualisation technology.
Available immediately, Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure 4.0 brings together the firm's Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack build with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation (RHEV) and the CloudForms management platform, formerly known as ManageIQ.
Red Hat's OpenStack build is itself a combination of the latest Havana release of the OpenStack project code and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5, and an updated version was released in December last year, while CloudForms 3.0 came in November.
What's new in Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure 4.0 is RHEV version 3.3, which adds performance improvements to the firm's virtualisation platform and also integrates better with technologies delivered as part of OpenStack, in order to pull the entire stack together into a more seamless solution, the firm said.
"It's a bit of a re-launch of our OpenStack cloud platform with the release of RHEV 3.3, which is an upgrade that brings additional functionality and performance but also starts to deliver on our promise to converge these infrastructures together, so we're starting to consume some of the projects from OpenStack," said Chuck Dubuque, Red Hat's marketing director for Virtualisation and OpenStack.
This means supporting the OpenStack Glance service as an option for storing server and virtual machine images, and also the Neutron project that provides software defined networking (SDN) capabilities, enabling RHEV to manage technologies such as the Open vSwitch project.
These improvements and others in the broader Cloud Infrastructure release are intended to help customers considering OpenStack as the foundation of their private cloud strategy to start to put in place the pieces required to make it work, Dubuque said.
"Customers know it is going to be a migration path over a long period of time and they want to get started, so they can now start building a library of virtual machine images in Glance and begin developing networking policies and configurations in Neutron with RHEV," he explained.
In future, Red Hat will look to find "more synergies with OpenStack" in its releases, so it can leverage the power of the much larger OpenStack developer community in delivering key capabilities, Dubuque added.
Other improvements in RHEV 3.3 include the ability for the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation manager tool to be deployed as a virtual machine on the host server, while a new backup and restore API provides hooks for third-party software vendors to back up and restore virtual machines.
Red Hat also said that enterprise vendors are now supporting plugins for RHEV, including a HP Insight Control plugin for managing the platform on HP servers; the NetApp Virtual Console for provisioning and cloning virtual machines using network file system (NFS); and integration with Symantec Veritas Cluster Server for failover of applications.
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